Contents Summer 2011

FROM THE EDITOR

CONTRIBUTORS

LETTERS ETC

 

FEATURES

PETE TOWNSHEND
A candid chat about where The Who are now—and what really happened when he was arrested

COVER STORY: WOMEN IN CHINA
Hilary Spurling, biographer of Pearl Buck, returns to China to trace the changes in women’s lives from Buck’s day to ours

PHOTO ESSAY
The English seaside, seen through American eyes

KATHRYN GUSTAFSON
A landscape architect in demand everywhere but Britain

THE STATE OF HOLLYWOOD
Whatever happened to the thoughtful mainstream? By David Thomson

 

THIS SEASON

The next three months at a glance, featuring Poussin and Twombly in London, Anne-Sophie Mutter at Verbier, the end of the “Harry Potter” series, and Irving Wardle on an unsung hero of theatre

  

INTELLIGENCE

THINKING What research tells us about how to make a decision

GOING GREEN Why Lieutenant Columbo should be a green role model

CARS A visit to a proving ground, where cars go to get beaten up

FOOD Does food really taste better in the open air?

          Stove Notes: Simon Hopkinson on paella

THE WINE-LIST INSPECTOR Tim Atkin tracks down some good wine in Florence

SPORT Why more sports events should be like Wimbledon

A GAME, A GADGET AND AN APP Tom Standage’s pick of the clicks

 

STYLE

FASHION Why dancers make the best models, with pictures to prove it

APPLIED FASHION Far from itsy-bitsy: Rebecca Willis on the bikini

THE LINE OF BEAUTY A short history of the moustache

THE SCEPTICAL SHOPPER Our anonymous reporter looks into coffee-shop coffee

MAN IN A SUIT One of the sharp business minds behind Lovefilm

 

CULTURE

AUTHORS ON MUSEUMS Alan Hollinghurst goes back to a museum in Copenhagen

MUSIC The Playlist: this year’s festival anthems

BOOKS Notes on a Voice: the distinctive prose of Joan Didion

         Eight Good Books: Maggie Fergusson’s pick of the summer fiction

VISUAL CV Kevin Spacey, soon to play Richard III, by Jasper Rees

 

PLACES

MAIN FEATURE The importance of memory sticks in Cuba, by James Scudamore

SEVEN WONDERS Salman Rushdie, novelist, on his favourite places

BEING THERE What it’s like to live in Atlanta, by Jon Fasman

THIS QUARTER’S QUARTERS Film directors’ properties

SNAPSHOT Volcanic Iceland, after the ash cloud

 

THE MISSION Will Smith tries his hand at being a tour guide

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